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The Heritage School, Gurgaon

Grade: 4
Skills: Reading, writing, speaking
Learning Targets: I can explain how the form of a living being helps it to perform a specific function.
Material Required/Resource: Print outs of the reading on Camouflage, ppt on examples of camouflage in
nature, worksheet
Opening: T asks the Ss to observe a minute of Quiet time while they close their eyes and do some deep
breathing.
Learning Experience:
Culture Targets: I can listen attentively and contribute actively to the discussion/ work happening.
T reminds the Ss of the 3 most important protocols in the class: raise hand to ask question, no interruptions/
comments when someone is speaking, no side conversations
I.

INTRODUCTION (15 min)


Activity (The teacher can choose 1 activity out of the 2 listed, whichever is more suitable for the
class)
Outdoor Activity
T will take the students downstairs for an activity.
T will spread some colour yarns/clothes/paper/toothpick of different colors, such as Tan, green,
yellow and maroon.
T will divide the whole class into 6 groups and ask them to find the hidden thing.
T will give each group a specie name and they will be looking for their prey, which are the materials
hidden in the lawn.
T will record the number of pieces collected by each group.
After collecting the pieces, students come back to the class.
T will ask questions around it.
T ask students as why few groups could collect more and few less?
EA. The ones that were blending in were not easily found.
T will ask specific questions around Colour and shape?
T will then ask, have you come across or observe this process earlier in nature?
EA. Yes and may be during kohj.
Do you think all animals need to camouflage?
Do everyone camouflage in the similar way?
Why we need to know about camouflage?

Here the T will introduce the learning target.


Or
Newspaper Activity
T has to prepare this activity before the class.
Take one newspaper and cut 5 triangles of 2 inch wide and 4 inches long.
Take few color sheets (black or white) and cut triangles of the same size.
Paste all the triangles on another big newspaper.

Paste the newspaper triangles in such a way that they blend with the big newspaper.
T will ask questions around it.
T: Were you able to see all the triangles?
EA: No
T: Which ones were you able to see? Which ones you could not see?
EA: The bright coloured triangles were easily visible, but the newspaper triangles were not.
T: Why were they not visible?
EA: They blended into the newspaper.
T: Do you see this kind of blending in nature?
EA: Yes, during Khoj we saw animals which blended with their surroundings.
T: Why do animals need to blend with the surroundings?
Teacher elicits the 2 main reasons for blending with the surroundings: to protect themselves, to hunt
for prey
T then unveils the term Camouflage as the ability of certain animals to blend
with their surroundings so that they are not visible to others.
T introduces the Learning Target: I can explain how the form of a living being
helps it to perform a specific function.
Let us see some examples of camouflage in nature.
II.
III.

PPT with examples of camouflage in Nature (15 min)


T discusses each example - how effectively the animal uses camouflage to protect itself and prey.
Close Reading (1.5 hr)
Learning Target:
I can read the passage silently in a given time frame and identify what the text says explicitly.
I can draw logical inferences and conclusions using my previous knowledge and contextual clues
given in the text.
I can determine the main idea using key details from the text.
T: Like we saw in the pictures, we will now learn some more about the different strategies that
animals use to camouflage themselves, by reading a text.
T distributes the text on Camouflage.
INSTRUCTIONS
T will ask them to skim the text.
T will then ask, what is the text all about?
EA. It is about Camouflage
T will ask, What is the type of the text?
EA. Informative
Introduction is a first chunk
Blending is a second chunk
Disguise is a third chunk
Tickery and conclusion are the 4th chunk
T tells the Ss: We will now read the text closely and annotate it.

T will display the text on the board.


T will annotate the first paragraph of the text as an example
After annotating the first chunk as an example, T will ask question regarding the Main Idea.
So why do you think we annotate a paragraph?
Q. What important information we should take out from the passage?
EA. I hope they say Main Idea.
Here the T will remind them about Main idea learning target.
T will then ask them to read individually the second chunk
During this time T will move around to see whether kids are annotating the text or not. This activity
will take one and half hours. 5 minutes of reading a chunk and 7 to 10 minutes writing the answers for
the same.
All the question that are mentioned in the text are to be written and discussed in the crew.
T makes sure that everybody is discussing.
After the discussion T will discuss the answer with the whole class.
IV.

Worksheet (1 hr)
Learning Target:
I can be attentive to the task at hand.
I can draw logical inferences and conclusions using my previous knowledge and apply it in the given
context.
T will arrange the Ss with their buddies (Ss studying the same species).
T distributes the worksheet to the Ss.
INSTRUCTIONS
T: We have discussed the camouflage strategies that various animals use. Now focus on the animal
species that was given to you during Khoj.
T: Does the animal use camouflage? If yes, how?
T: If the animals does not use camouflage, what strategies/ abilities does it have to protect itself and
hunt for prey?
Once you have written your own inputs, discuss with your buddy. If you have missed any point, add it
to you worksheet.

Closure:
The T conducts a Morning Meeting on the theme of Camouflage.
T plays the following video:
http://prairiepublic.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.colt.disguise/masters-of-disguise/
The T then talks about animals ability to react to danger and asks the Ss to reflect on how they feel/
react when they sense danger.
Home Assignment:
Assessment: Teacher assesses the observations made by the students about their species of focus, related to
camouflage.
Reflection: